Planning and designing a successful speculative industrial development is no easy task. In the constantly changing business of logistics and e-commerce, the most efficient design for an industrial building is ever evolving. Because of this, it is important to consider what location, building configuration, site plan and features will appeal to users. One of our recent projects, North Avenue Commerce Center, is a perfect example. Developed in Winfield, Illinois, Conor settled on a site plan and building design that provides for the most efficient movement of product and access to transportation. As a result, the world’s largest e-commerce company leased more than half of the building within a few months of building shell completion.

Location
One of the greatest differentiators an industrial property can have is its location. We carefully selected a prominent 17-acre corner lot with 1,200 feet of frontage on North Avenue. Situated at Route 64 and Morton Road, the project is just three miles from the Elgin O’Hare expressway and the I-390 expansion project, six miles from I-355, 10 miles from I-290 and I-88 and 20 miles from O’Hare Airport. This central DuPage County location enables tenants to access the entire metro Chicago area quickly and efficiently.

Configuration
It is also important to consider how a building can accommodate multiple tenants. At 265,550 square feet, North Avenue Commerce Center is divisible to 60,000 square feet with four front-facing entrances and several points of ingress and egress to three roadways. Additionally, the facility’s efficient rear-load configuration and extra trailer storage with 55-foot parking stalls make it ideal for an assortment of users, including e-commerce, light manufacturing and warehouse.

Design Features
North Avenue Commerce Center also offers a number of modern features such as a 32′ clear height, ESFR sprinklers and LED lighting. Additionally, it integrates 52′ x 60′ bays, 28 dock doors and four drive-in doors. These state-of-the-art features make it a desirable workplace and provide additional logistical advantages.

Written by Brian Quigley, Executive Vice President at Conor Commercial Real Estate

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